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So, I made my first sourdough starter in the university dorms, and I had to move out just as it was getting hot as heck. My sourdough starter came with me, and I was getting a good rise out of it, and very good flavour.

I saw somewhere that if I sourdough starter's hooch goes orange or pink - it's the wrong beasties in your stuff. I panicked, and the sourdough starter went into the sink - the hooch looked like very dark urine. Should I have panicked? I have more of the original starter that didn't change color on me - it's dried and in a ziplock bag.

What happened to the starter? Was it because I suffocated it (it was in it's jar, but with plastic wrap on top)? Or was it the heat? How can I avoid killing my starter again?

My set up:
- glass jar with loose fitting top
- paper lunch bag (I don't trust light in my kitchen)
- plastic bowl and spoon for feeding it slurry

PS - I have made more of the starter, and it hasn't done a Houndini in color on me...so I'm happy - I also made some sourdough drop biscuits from them - tasty!
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On April 30th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC), fourgotten commented:
If it goes pink or orange that indicates a bacterial infection. A "dark urine" color might be expected depending on the flour that you're using... sourdough started imade with whole wheat flour often has darker colored hooch.
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On May 1st, 2009 03:58 am (UTC), astrangeone replied:
Ah, thanks. The stuff was probably off, as I was using all purpose to feed the starter.

I'm glad I dried some of it before it spoiled on me. (It startled me, as the color wasn't that dark before.)
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On May 1st, 2009 04:16 am (UTC), fourgotten replied:
It might have... it might have just been the stuff getting to the good point... *grin*
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